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Humans, especially children, are naturally curious. Yet, people often balk at the thought of learning science--the "eyes glazed over" syndrome. Teachers may find teaching science a major challenge in an era when science ranges from the hardly imaginable quark to the distant, blazing quasar. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards is the book that educators have been waiting for--a practical guide to teaching inquiry and teaching through inquiry, as recommended by the National Science Education Standards. This will be an important resource for educators who must help school boards, parents, and teachers understand "why we can't teach the way we used to." "Inquiry" refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and in which students grasp science knowledge and the methods by which that knowledge is produced. This book explains and illustrates how inquiry helps students learn science content, master how to do science, and understand the nature of science. This book explores the dimensions of teaching and learning science as inquiry for K-12 students across a range of science topics.Detailed examples help clarify when teachers should use the inquiry-based approach and how much structure, guidance, and coaching they should provide. The book dispels myths that may have discouraged educators from the inquiry-based approach and illuminates the subtle interplay between concepts, processes, and science as it is experienced in the classroom. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards shows how to bring the standards to life, with features such as classroom vignettes exploring different kinds of inquiries for elementary, middle, and high school and Frequently Asked Questions for teachers, responding to common concerns such as obtaining teaching supplies. Turning to assessment, the committee discusses why assessment is important, looks at existing schemes and formats, and addresses how to involve students in assessing their own learning achievements. In addition, this book discusses administrative assistance, communication with parents, appropriate teacher evaluation, and other avenues to promoting and supporting this new teaching paradigm.

Foreword: A Scientist's Perspective on Inquiryp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Inquiry in Science and in Classroomsp. 1
Inquiry in the National Science Education Standardsp. 13
Images of Inquiry in K-12 Classroomsp. 39
Classroom Assessment and Inquiryp. 75
Preparing Teachers for Inquiry-Based Teachingp. 87
Making the Case for Inquiryp. 115
Frequently Asked Questions About Inquiryp. 131
Supporting Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learningp. 143
Referencesp. 153
Excerpts from the National Science Education Standards
Fundamental Abilities of Inquiryp. 161
Fundamental Understandings of Inquiryp. 168
Selecting Instructional Materialsp. 173
Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiryp. 189
Indexp. 193
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ISBN: 9780309064767
ISBN-10: 0309064767
Series: Joseph Henry Press
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.69 x 21.34  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.84